Feral Keynote Speaker Announcement

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PERC is very excited to announce that Arian Wallach will be giving a keynote address at the upcoming ‘Feral’ conference. Arian is the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research investigates the ecological role of large predators on biodiversity and functioning of novel ecosystems. She conducts fieldwork across the Australian arid zone, where she is researching the …

Mike Joy Semi-Finalist in National Awards

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Freshwater ecologist and PERC member Mike Joy was nominated late last month as a semi-finalist in the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Mike has been chosen for his work in bringing the state of New Zealand’s waterways to public attention, having studied the diminishing quality of our rivers for the best part of two decades. Speaking to …

Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics

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PERC is very pleased to announce that the book Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics has been accepted for open access publication with Athabasca University Press (AUP). The book is edited by PERC co-directors Trisia Farrelly and Sy Taffel with Professor Ian Shaw. Plastic Legacies’ genesis was the online conference ‘The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic.’

PERC Update: September 2017

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PERC is a node of POLLEN Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) has recently concluded The Lives and Afterlives of Plastics conference. The conference (watch here) featured a diverse range of twenty minute presentations covering a wide range of disciplines. Conferences held in Aotearoa/New Zealand tend to be dominated by Australasian voices because of our geographical distance from other parts of …

‘Opening the Bin’

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PERC Co-director Dr Farrelly travelled to Helsingborg, Sweden to attend the ‘Opening the Bin’ Conference. The three-day conference was well attended by social scientists and humanities waste researchers who gathered to discuss “the places, roles and trajectories as well as the meanings, practices, and vocabularies of waste in culture and society.” Dr Farrelly presented on the need for more transdisciplinary …

PERC Student Profile: Fraser Williams

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Fraser is completing his Master of Arts in Social Anthropology at Massey University, and tutors the core citizenship course within the Bachelor of Arts programme. His thesis is an ethnography exploring an New Zealand eco-village that was established to realise a desire to live sustainably. Sustainability is articulated as living lightly on the earth and closer to nature, representing a …

Colonial ecologies: Guthrie-Smith’s Tutira and writing in the settled environment

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PERC member Philip Steer has recently published the first account of ecology in pre-1950 writing to be published in a New Zealand literary history, appearing in A History of New Zealand Literature, edited by Mark Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The essay points out that the most recurrent ecological concern in New Zealand literature prior to the 1920s centred on …